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How To Prevent and Treat Ankle Injuries

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Did you know that ankle strains and sprains are the most common fall sports injury? It’s not surprising, really. After all, no matter what sport you’re playing, you almost always concentrate on something besides your feet.

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Do you have bunions?

Do you have a bump on the side of your foot? Does that bump make it painful to walk in just about any kind of shoe? If so, you may have a bunion.

When you have a bunion, your weight rests on it with every step. That pressure is the reason for the pain.

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Dr. Lee Publishes Book on Foot/Ankle Surgery Complications

There are dozens of academic books on foot and ankle surgery. But only one focuses solely on complications that can arise after these surgeries. “Complications in Foot and Ankle Surgery,” published by Des Moines podiatric foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Michael Lee, was created to help surgeons manage the effects of these complications.

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Back in the game(s) – One patient’s experience with outpatient knee replacement surgery

Troy Graer was tired of the pain. “Every day was a bad knee day,” he says. “I’d been having knee pain for the last four or five years. But the last year was the worst.”

His x-rays showed that both knees were bone-on-bone. Not surprisingly, cortisone shots didn’t do much to lessen the pain.

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Considering knee replacement? Outpatient surgery may be an option.

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Knee replacement is a major operation and usually requires at least one night in the hospital. Now there’s an alternative.

Outpatient knee surgery is usually done in a surgery center. Patients get to go home the same day of the surgery — usually without any time at all in the hospital.

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Robotics-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

If you’ve considered knee surgery but have been putting it off, you’ll want to read this.

Studies show that close to 50% of people will develop osteoarthritis, a degenerative bone disease that can cause knee cartilage to break down. Delaying treatment can cause more damage and more pain — and it can eventually reduce your surgical options.

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What is Tennis Elbow?

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Tennis elbow happens when you overload or put continuous pressure on your elbow. Pain usually occurs on the outside of your arm, where your forearm meets your elbow (although it can also spread into your forearm or wrist).

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Have you heard of Mommy Wrist?


New parents who repeatedly lift their babies under their arms may experience a condition commonly called Mother’s Wrist,  caused by pointing the thumbs up and wrapping the other fingers around the back of the baby, which results in inflammation of the tendons below the thumbs.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and what can I do to prevent it?


What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that affects 3-6% of adults in America. It is characterized by numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm.

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Muscle Pain, Numbness, Tingling or Weakness? An EMG May Help.

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Do you suffer from muscle twitching, weakness, numbness, or paralysis? What about sensations of burning, pinpricks, or sudden shocks of electricity?

You’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from muscle and nerve pain. It can be frustrating for some and devastating or life-changing for others.

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Four Easy Ways for Runners to Eat Clean

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“Eating clean” may be a trendy diet term, but it’s one runners can easily embrace. After all, real, whole foods, with health-boosting nutrients, that are low in (or free from) additives, and grown organically and in a sustainable way are good for your overall health and for peak performance.

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Food for thought; how good nutrition can help your joints

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We’ve heard that a change in diet may help cholesterol levels or help to bring down blood pressure, but what effect can diet have on our joints? Although orthopedics tends to be a field of fixing things that are already broken, there are some things you can start changing about your diet that may go a long way …

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The New Performance Enhancer in High School Sports? Nutrition

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Jordan Burg, 18, who plays varsity football and baseball and runs track, never used to think about what he was eating. But after he learned at school that nutrition was as important to his athletic performance as attending practice, he changed his diet.

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Best Ways To Recognize And Treat An Ankle Fracture

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A fracture is a partial or complete break in a bone. An ankle fracture can range from a simple break in one bone, which may cause discomfort but not stop you from walking, to more serious fractures, which damage multiple bones that hold your ankle joint in place and may require surgery or immobilization for some time.

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New pain relief technique for ACL knee surgery preserves muscle strength

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Anesthesiologists can significantly reduce loss of muscle strength in ACL knee surgery patients using a new pain management technique, a new study has found.

Anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, repair is one of the most common orthopedic procedures …

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The Consequences of Weight Gain for Arthritis

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We all fear weight gain for the obvious aesthetic reasons. Nobody wants to fall prey to obesity for fear of what it may do to his or her appearance, but have you ever thought about what gaining weight can do to your joints?

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Step Away From The Exercise Plateau

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If you are an avid exerciser you may expect your body to continue to change and evolve for the better as you continue to workout. However, if you maintain the same diet and workout routine you could end up hitting a plateau. Continuing the same workout routine with little variation will still condition your body, but eventually you will come to a point where you are no longer seeing forward progress. So, how do you get past this little roadblock and amp up your routine?

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Alter-G Anti-Gravity Training – My First Hand Experience

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One of the great things about living in Silicon Valley is that. occasionally, you get to be one of the first to see a technology that will clearly change everything. I had just that opportunity last week when the guys from Alter-G invited me to come down and try their anti-gravity treadmill. Yup, you read it right – an anti-gravity treadmill. After 30 minutes on this thing, I now know why former world-record marathoner Alberto Salazar has been raving about it – Alter-G presents a whole new approach to distance training.

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All About Meniscus Tears

Any type of knee injury can throw a wrench in your daily activities. Knee injuries often prevent you from carrying out any or all of your normal activities. One type of knee injury in particular can have a large impact, the meniscus injury. The meniscus can easily tear when the knee is twisted in the wrong way. If severe, the knee may even need surgery!

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Running. Back to Basics. Base Building.

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Every runners benefits from revisiting the basics … in this case — Base building.
The popularity of running has exploded. With that has come an increase in injuries associated with running. Although we have covered many of the causes of various runner’s maladies, a very common cause is simply that you are overtraining.

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Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems

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What most people call the shoulder is really several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion in the arm — from scratching your back to throwing the perfect pitch.

Mobility has its price, however. It may lead to increasing problems with instability or impingement of the soft tissue or bony structures in your shoulder, resulting in pain. You may feel pain only when you move your shoulder, or all of the time. The pain may be temporary or it may continue and require …

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Add These Bone-Healthy Foods To Your Diet

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Food can play an important role in your orthopedic health. When it comes to foods that help you build a healthy and strong musculoskeletal system, what is the first thing that usually comes to mind? You’d probably say “milk.”

It isn’t just about the dairy, though (breathe easy, lactose-intolerant, vegetarian and vegan friends). While milk is an excellent and efficient …

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